School vacations impact on ski areas

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday was the first day of school vacation and it seemed like both parents and children couldn’t wait to hit the slopes at Berkshire East.

The ski area was especially crowded Monday because kids are out of school.

Christmas vacation and this week in February are important to Berkshire East’s operation. Vacation weeks are huge for the ski area, but the break in February seems to do a little better.

Jon Schaefer, the General Manager at Berkshire East, told 22News, “During February vacation, everybody is excited about the snow usually. The mountain’s been open for a few weeks now. We got all this snow last week and people have it in their air they have to get some skiing in before the winters over.”

Berkshire East doesn’t think the forecasted rain this week will affect its operations. The ski area has gotten enough natural snow in the past weeks to absorb the rain water and run it down the mountain.

Schaefer said that this week brings in more business than Christmas vacation, increasing business by about 15-20% during these vacation periods.